Shoot and Eat Squirrels? MSNBC Discovers its Inner Redneck

Log this one under the times they’re are a changin’. The left-leaning mainstream media mavens at msnbc.com have discovered the simple joys of shooting and eating squirrel! Well, not “simple” obviously. We’re talking expensive over-and-under shotguns, designer shades, a primo junket to a Texas hunting ranch and gourmet recipes. And, of course, a cookbook. “In ‘Girl Hunter,’ which is part memoir and part cookbook, Pellegrini [above left] is just as committed to exploring humans’ relationship with their food as she is to making virtually any kind of game meat — from dove to javelina to bison to rabbit to squirrel — taste fabulous.” Yes it’s true: msnbc dropped the “f-bomb.” And the spin doctor is in . . .

She writes about the powerful experiences of hiking outdoors for hours before making a kill and paying “the full karmic price” of a meal, then makes readers drool with her descriptions of the dishes she’s prepared and eaten. There are brandy sauces, sherry sauces, whiskey glazes, delicious stuffings and mouthwatering marinades — all of which could pair well with a vast array of meats.

“Game really can taste as high-level as any other protein,” Pellegrini said. “You just have to change up the ingredients a little bit and be careful when you cook it. These animals are athletes, basically, so their meat is really lean. It’s less fatty with no marbling in their flesh.”

Karma, low-fat diet, etc. But squirrels? Can upmarket cooks reconcile their newfound love of doing what Americans have been doing since the first firearm arrived in the New World (and before) with shooting and eating tree rats, like some, some, redneck? But Charlie, Pellegrine doesn’t want rodents with good taste . . .

But do athletic little squirrels taste good?

“They’re delicious,” Pellegrini enthused. “I think it’s one of my favorite game meats right now. Think about it: You are what you eat, and they eat acorns. People spend a fortune for acorn-fed pigs. Squirrels are buttery and a little bit sweet because when animals eat nuts it makes their flesh sweet and nutty, and it creates an inherent fattiness in the meat.”

Not entirely convinced? You can check out Pellegrini’s recipe for squirrel Brunswick stew with acorns (yes, acorns! a nice touch!) by clicking here. If squirrel isn’t up your alley, you can also get her recipes for Moroccan bison stew, turkey meatloaf and partridge with pancetta in orange brandy sauce . . .

“Even if you don’t think you can pull the trigger yourself, thinking about it can make you a more conscious meat eater,” she said. “It can change the decisions you make about the quality, variety and sources of your food.”

I recommend a communal pre-meal hunting visualization session for foodies. Still, point taken. And about time too. [h/t to Aharon for the link]

 

comments

  1. avatar Gunmart Blog says:

    Call me when squirrels are featured on Iron Chef

    *FYI – They are indeed delicious.

  2. avatar Bill C. says:

    Walk for hours? I’ve got probably a dozen in my yard right now. As for fancy guns, my pellet gun is all you need to bag as many as one wants, assuming she can hit what she aims at. When it’s meal time, “Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.”

    1. avatar Gunmart Blog says:

      They are also wonderful marinated and cooked over a campfire.

      1. avatar Gunmart Blog says:

        Damn it! Now I’m getting hungry.

        1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

          *drool*

    2. avatar NR says:

      I appreciate the LoTR reference, I’m not sure it really works in this case.

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    I have never eaten squirrel though I’d like too. I clicked through to her squirrel recipe. The ingredient list is a bit long yet most of the items are common kitchen ingredients rather than requiring a small portion of something never use again. The times are changing with MSNBC and guns is a truth though in more with featuring a gender empowerment story verse a pro-gun 2nd Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms piece. Still, a good recipe is appreciated. A friend and I have a resolution this year to go hunt rabbits (and now maybe squirrels) with our sling shots 🙂

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    I’ve eaten squirrel and can assure you that it tastes like sh!t.

    1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

      You’re eating the wrong end. 😉

      1. avatar Aharon says:

        har har har 🙂

        1. avatar Moonshine7102 says:

          Thanks! I’ll be here all weekend. Try the veal.

      2. avatar NR says:

        Oooh! Does TTAG have a new funny man? Stay tuned…

    2. avatar NCG says:

      Ralph, I’ll have to disagree on this one. Full disclosure, I haven’t eaten squirrel since I was a kid (delicious, toothpick required), and I have a genetic defect that predisposes me to the little rats (East Texas, Great Depression, etc.). But seriously, these things are sought after by hardcore foodies. I’m a softcore foodie myself, so I’m eager to eat some Western Gray Squirrel. I’ve been delaying my promise to my younger son to take him squirrel hunting with his .22, so this year I have to do it. We could work in some excellent trout fishing, as well. Gotta love Oregon.

  5. avatar NR says:

    This is good news. Why make fun of them? It’s not spin- it’s simply true that (short of eating your pet) shooting and eating a wild animal is one of the most humane ways to eat meat.

    What’s really funny is that if this goes mainstream, it’ll put pressure on big corporations to stop polluting the habitats of game animals.

    1. avatar NCG says:

      Hunters are, and should be, habitat protectors.

      1. avatar Bob H says:

        I tried protecting a habitat once…
        Then Jimmah Cahtah showed up.

  6. avatar Double A.D. says:

    I’ve never eaten squirrel, but I do love eating beaver! 🙂

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